After reading so many varied reviews, I was concerned about what to expect on this much anticipated holiday-but was very pleasantly surprised. Yes, the hotel could do with cosmetic paint work and some refurbishment; however, what the hotel lacked in aesthetics it made up in cleanliness and service.
The gardens were large and attractive and the pool area was great for soaking up the sun with plenty of sun beds and free towels. Snacks and drinks were readily available throughout the day-and many of the guests appeared to be enjoying them, whether they were inferior brands or not.
There was a varied choice of menus at each meal time. Certainly, vegetable soup was on the menu everyday, but also one other variety of soup along with a number of salads, several choices of main courses and a selection of cakes, pastries, fresh fruit and ice-cream. Wine, beer, soft drinks and fruit juices were plentiful. I certainly saw plenty of plates piled high with food at each sitting!!!
Perhaps an extra pair of hands in the bar was needed occasionally, but on one night there was a family group of eight who ordered two of every drink at one time-holding up service for everyone else. The Manager was often seen to help out in the restaurant, bar and reception -I doubt he ever left the hotel to go home.
Our bedroom was large and comfortable and linens were changed daily. Reception staff were very helpful recommending trips, organising taxis and helping with directions.
The Pestana Delfim wasn't a first class hotel, but then I hadn't paid for, nor expected it to be. Although we selected the hotel because it was 'all inclusive', I am sure that if we had been bored with the food, we would have tried eating out on occasions.
As we didn't have children with us, I can't comment on the facilities available to them.
Our week at the Pestana Delfim was so enjoyable, I look forward to a return visit in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pestana Delfim
- Delfim Hotel
- Pestana Delfim Alvor